Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Interesting to see

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The Times publishes the obituary of Abdalqadir as-Sufi (1930-2021),  born as Ian Stewart Dallas, dramatist, bohemian in the sixties and later leader of an orthodox Sufi sect. In this blog, it is mentioned because he was the co-author of the screenplay of the 1956 BBC Jane Eyre version with Daphne Slater and Stanley Baker.

Daily Times (Pakistan) publishes a remembrance of the recently deceased actor Dilip Kumar:
Dil Diya Dard Liya’ – Dilip Kumar acted as Shankar who turned in the movie as Raja Saheb in the last half of this film; the former role showed misery and the latter mastery. He was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actor Category. This film directed by Abdul Rasheed Kardar was romantic yet a tragic movie. Obviously so, as the story was an adaption of Emily Brontë’s classic novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ and Dilip at the height of success of his serious roles perfected the adaptation of hero Heathcliff. It was interesting to see a happy ending for Cathy and Heathcliff. (Dr. Amjad Parvez)
Boulevard Sentinel defines what a bildungsroman is:
The “Bildungsroman,” or coming-of-age novel, is one of the most popular genres studied in English class. Its roots are in 19th century Germany — roman is German for “novel” and bildung means “education/development” — but stories that explore a protagonist’s journey from childhood to adulthood are resurrected time and again throughout literature and pop culture. To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Stand by Me, even Mean Girls, all follow the Bildungsroman plot scheme, tracing each success, pitfall, insight and experience that push their main characters along, guiding them to maturity. (Lani Tunzi)

Brides include an Emily Brontë quote in a list of 'Instagram caption ideas'. 

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 A reissue of a 28-page essay by René Crevel originally published in 1930:
Les Sœurs Brontë, filles du vent
René Crevel
Éditions de la Variation, Regard(s)
ISBN : 978-2-38389-018-8

René Crevel compose un essai poétique en s'inspirant du destin tragique des sœurs Brontë et de leur frère Patrick Branwell.
En quelques lignes, Crevel raconte l'Angleterre du XIXe siècle, l'isolement d'Emily, Anne et Charlotte dans les landes sauvages et les dérives de leur frère.
C'est sous le signe du vent et du tonnerre qu'il dépeint la famille Brontë qui se perd dans ses rêves.
Avant tout, ce texte est une invitation à découvrir les Sœurs Brontë à travers le regard de René Crevel.

Sœurs Brontë, de votre naissance à votre mort, nous n'avez connu d'autre réalité que celle de vos rêves impétueux. 
Actualitté and Fabula recommend this little book:
Les éditions de la variation publient dans leur collection « regard(s) » des petits carnets contenant de grands écrits. Vient ainsi de paraître une critique d’art sur Paul Klee signée René Crevel et publiée pour la première fois en 1930 à la NRF ; un essai poétique qui s’inspire du parcours des sœurs Brontë et de leur frère Patrick Branwell, toujours signé René Crevel, et enfin un texte d’Antonin Artaud qui déplore l’arrivée du cinéma parlant. Des petits délices.  (...)
Son essai sur la fratrie Brontë se veut moins politique, plus poétique. Qui connaît un peu la vie et touche du doigt le personnage même de Crevel y verra, ou voudra y voir, ce mal-être enfoui en lui. Si l’isolement des sœurs y est finalement le personnage principal, comment ne pas faire de parallèle avec sa peur de l’abandon, de la solitude, lui qui s’il n’était pas en train de soigner sa tuberculeuse dans quelques sanatoriums s’arrangeait pour brûler sa vie par les deux bouts ?
Que de métaphores ici comparant la famille Brontë tantôt à une brise légère, tantôt à un vent violent voire tempétueux, qui nous renvoie à un champ lexical fait pour Crevel, lui qui se laissa porter par l’alcool, la drogue, le sexe, car la réalité du monde lui était trop cruelle et qui s’envola à 35 ans… incinéré… emporté par le vent. (Audrey LeRoy) (Translation)

We wonder if the edition contains the original Marie Laurencin illustrations.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

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 The Oxford Mail talks about one the performances of the This is My Theatre's Jane Eyre tour:

The socially-distanced show will run at The Great Hall in Cholsey, near Wallingford on Saturday August 14 at 8pm.
Sussex based theatre company, 'This is My Theatre' is one of the first theatre companies to get back on the road and show their brand new adaptation of Jane Eyre.
The show will be packed with action and romance as well as live music and song and will bring some much needed joy this summer. (...)
The production will be performed by a small cast with Madeline Hatt playing Jane Eyre, Ethan Taylor playing Edward Rochester, Lilly Smith playing Helen Jane's childhood friend and Mrs Fairfax and Simon Stallard will play Mr Brocklehurst and St John. (Rebecca Whittaker)
The author of this article on Harper's Bazaar (Italy) is overoptimistic when she says:
I grandi romanzi non sono mai romanzi di genere. Nessuno si sognerebbe di definire Jane Eyre o Anna Karenina romanzi d’amore, o comunque non solo.  (Alessia Vitale) (Translation)

If only. Several years of Brontëblogging hace certainly show us that this is not the case. 

The Telegraph & Argus lists free things to do in Bradford this summer like
Visit Haworth
If you’re a literature fan, Haworth is the place to visit. The village was home to the famous Brontë sisters, who spent their entire lives in this quaint village. Much of the inspiration for their novels were drawn from the charming town and the surrounding moors. Visit the Brontë Memorial Chapel to pay respects to the sisters or take a trip on the heritage steam railway, which still runs today for tourists. (Chelsie Sewell)
Attitude reviews Holly Stars Comedy Club? at the Garrick Theatre:
The larger-than-life Kate Butch had no problem captivating the socially-distanced crowd, though, with her hilarious twist on ‘Wuthering Heights’ and Flo & Joan (aka sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey) brought the house down with their set of deadpan songs. (Simon Button
LoveReading interviews the author Aliya Ali Afbal:
Liz Robinson: Tell us about the first book that really caught your imagination and you fell in love with.
It has to be Jane Eyre, which I read when I was 12. It still remains my favourite book. Now that I think about it, Jane Eyre has the same sort of mixture that I love in my novels: mystery, suspense, relationships, and most of all, a woman discovering who she is and living authentically. I was so inspired by Jane’s courage and resilience and was so interested in her journey as she finds her power. It was such a page turner but was a comforting and inspirational book to read at 12 and is the same today, in my 50s!

Financiero (México) publishes an article (well, sort of) about 'the curious story' of the Brontë sisters. It's full of great wtf moments, like this one:

Patrick encontró en Howthorn, un poblado pequeño y apartado, una posición modesta y una casa sencilla donde fundó su familia. Meses después del nacimiento de Anne, su madre muere de cáncer. Para poder criar a sus seis hijos, que iban del año de edad a los siete, Patrick hizo venir a Elizabeth Branwell, hermana solterona de su difunta mujer, quien se instaló con la familia. (Translation)
A new Brontë-related paper has just been published:
Ecological Apocalypse in the Poetry of Patrick and Emily Brontë
by Simon Marsden
Religions 2021, 12(7), 546;

This essay considers relationships between nature, ecology and apocalypse in the poetry of Patrick Brontë (1777–1861) and Emily Brontë (1818–1848). It argues that though Patrick’s poetry emphasises the spiritual benefits of human connection with the natural world, his apocalypticism leads him to see no eschatological future for the natural world. Emily’s poetry is more attentive to destruction and violence in the natural world, but it also offers an eschatological vision of a future in which all of creation participates. Reading Emily’s poetry in theological conversation with that of her father, this essay argues that Emily reinterprets Patrick’s evangelical apocalypticism in the light of her understanding of God as the eternal source of all finite being. Drawing on a theological view of creation as God’s eternal relationship with the earth, Emily suggests that meaningful eschatological hope can be located only in a future in which the whole of creation participates with the human.

Monday, August 02, 2021

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History Extra talks about the current and upcoming trends in historic drama:
And it’s not merely single objects that productions look to reproduce. In 2016, Montgomery created a to-scale replica of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire, for the BBC’s To Walk Invisible. Constructed in a nearby car park, the set included the parsonage itself, as well as the graveyard, lane and school next to it, all of which are familiar landmarks to the thousands of tourists who travel to the real-life site each year.
The legacy of To Walk Invisible within the museum did not end there. Costumes created for Anne (Charlie Murphy) and Emily Brontë (Chloe Pirrie) were placed on display in the parlour. In 2017, the Parsonage exhibition Mansions in the Sky, curated by poet Simon Armitage, featured an installation created by Montgomery that imagined the bedroom of Branwell Brontë. Complete with bed, candles sticks, paintings, sketches and even a replica collar belonging to a childhood dog, the work allowed visitors, in the words of the museum, to step “inside the mind and world of the notorious Brontë brother”. (Dr Madeleine Pelling)
What is Yorkshire famous for? Metro gives some of the answers:
The Brontës
Literary heavyweights Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë all hailed from a Yorkshire village called Haworth.
Emily’s famous classic, Wuthering Heights, took place in Yorkshire and the moors are a particular focal point. (Aidan Milan)
The Herald reminds us how The Unthanks composed a song for Wuthering Heights 2011:
They have worked with everyone from Damon Albarn and Orbital to the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, have been nominated for a Mercury Prize and turned Emily Brontë poems into songs. (Teddy Jamieson)
The Isle of Wight County Press summarises the recent Ventnor Fringe Festival and mentions the performace of the Blue Orange's production of Jane Eyre:
A one-hour adaptation of Jane Eyre attracted smaller audiences but was cleverly done, with just four actors taking on a variety of roles, word perfect and conveying the multitude of emotions required. The cast has now moved on to Edinburgh Fringe. (Lori Little)
Far Out Magazine lists the best films set in Yorkshire: 
10. Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold – 2011)
Although William Wyler’s 1939 interpretation of the classic novel is often touted as the finest, Arnold’s modern adaptation deserves praise for its beautiful cinematography and atmospheric elements. The film won the Osella for Best Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival, among other accolades.
Arnold said: “I’ve got no education. I don’t know about the Brontës. To this day I’ve never read Jane Eyre. I watched a lot of old films on television, including the 1939 William Wyler Wuthering Heights, with my Nan and Granddad in Kent as a kid. Because of all the adaptations, I was expecting the book, which I read in my late teens, to be a traditional love story.”
Adding, “It’s really a dark book and quite troubling. When I got asked to direct it, I knew it was a bit of a stupid thing to do, because it’s such a famous and difficult book and there have been so many adaptations. People keep trying to have a go at that, but the book survives all of that. It’s its own beast. We should probably leave it alone.” (Swapnil Dhruv Bose)
LancsLive and North Lancashire village for the perfect weekend break:
Back over to East Lancashire, this time in Pendle.
Wycoller is home to Wycoller Country Park and is an area famous for its assocation with the Bronté sisters, whho referred to the landmarks in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Wycoller Hall, now in ruins, is believed to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. (Chantelle Heeds)
Examiner Yorkshire  talks about Malham Cove:
And you've most likely seen it on your telly: sweeping shots of Malham Cove were featured in the 1992 version of Wuthering Heights. (Sam Brooke)
El Mundo (Spain) mentions the critical reception of Wuthering Heights before and after it was known it was written by a woman:
Cumbres borrascosas fue muy celebrada cuando apareció por primera vez en 1847. La crítica alabó su lenguaje «de granjero de Yorkshire» y cayó rendida ante el derroche de «malicia y blasfemia» de la novela, hasta que tres años más tarde, cuando se supo que Emily Brontë era su autora, su estilo fue comparado con «un pajarillo que agita sus alas contra los barrotes de su jaula». (Leticia Blanco) (Translation)
The author of the paper seems to be quoting from the famous article by Carol Ohmann, Emily Bronte in the Hands of Male Critics. College English, 32(8), 906 (1972),.

BoursoraMag (France) lists pocket books to read this summer, like Wuthering Heights:
Les Hauts de Hurlevent est un roman d'amour totalement indémodable. Écrit en 1847 par une jeune fille qui n'était jamais sortie de chez elle, le livre fascine par la violence des sentiments qu'il décrit. Dans les paysages sauvages des landes du Yorkshire, les nombreux rebondissements s'enchaînent sur fond de passion et de tourments destructeurs. Cet unique roman écrit par Emily Brontë n'est pas de tout repos mais il est inoubliable. (Le Particulier) (Translation) posts about Emily Brontë based on first person accounts. 

A new Jane Eyre retelling:
by Lindsay Marcott
Thomas & Mercer 
August 1, 2021
ISBN: 978-1542026383

In a modern and twisty retelling of Jane Eyre, a young woman must question everything she thinks she knows about love, loyalty, and murder.
Jane has lost everything: job, mother, relationship, even her home. A friend calls to offer an unusual deal―a cottage above the crashing surf of Big Sur on the estate of his employer, Evan Rochester. In return, Jane will tutor his teenage daughter. She accepts.
But nothing is quite as it seems at the Rochester estate. Though he’s been accused of murdering his glamorous and troubled wife, Evan Rochester insists she drowned herself. Jane is skeptical, but she still finds herself falling for the brilliant and secretive entrepreneur and growing close to his daughter.
And yet her deepening feelings for Evan can’t disguise dark suspicions aroused when a ghostly presence repeatedly appears in the night’s mist and fog. Jane embarks on an intense search for answers and uncovers evidence that soon puts Evan’s innocence into question. She’s determined to discover what really happened that fateful night, but what will the truth cost her?

EDIT: You can check guest posts by the author, reviews, excerpts and giveaways on the book's blog tour (August 1-August 13) that has stops on: All the Ups and Downs, The Book's the thing, Words of Wisdom... from the Scarf Princess.Bookhounds..

Sunday, August 01, 2021

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The Telegraph & Argus publishes the unveiling of the blue plaque at the Brontë birthplace in Thornton:
A blue plaque marking the birthplace of the Brontës was unveiled yesterday - on what would have been Emily’s birthday.
The new heritage marker is the first Bradford Civic Society blue plaque dedicated to the Brontë sisters at their Thornton birthplace.
It was commissioned by Mark and Michelle De Luca, who run Emily’s cafe at the property, and funded by a donation from the Bradford-based Morrisons Foundation. (...)
Councillor Si Cunningham, Chair of the Blue Plaques committee on Bradford Civic Society said: “It was a real pleasure to see so many people venture out safely into the rain to see the unveiling of the city’s latest, and arguably most overdue, blue plaque.
"The Brontës are world famous and rightly synonymous with Haworth and the brooding moors above, but we must also acknowledge their strong connection to Bradford. (Felicity Macnamara)
Also in The Telegraph & Argus an auction with some tangentially related Brontë items: 
A collection of rare pieces charting Bradford's social history dating back to the 1830s will go under the hammer. (...)
Meanwhile, the books section of the auction features one of the earliest books to be printed in Saltaire in 1873.
The printer was a Bradford resident named Abraham Holroyd who moved to Saltaire on the invitation of Sir Titus Salt.
Holroyd used to run a stationery shop in Bradford and counted the Brontë sisters among his customers.
He also published the first monthly magazine in Bradford during the 1860s.
The book printed in Saltaire contains two poems by the Brontë sisters and is being auctioned with another book of Yorkshire poems with contributions by several Victorian Bradford poets, whose brief biographies are also included with their poems. (Mark Stanford)
Tinkle (India) reviews Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre has inspired readers from around the globe with her will to survive on her own terms. This is a very good book. I liked it and hope you will like it too. After reading this book, the lesson I learned is to keep strong and keep fighting battles, because one day it will be worth it. So run to the market and grab your own copy! (Tarini Kashyap)
Walking towns in The Guardian
Hebden Bridge
The original Walkers Are Welcome town, liberal-minded Hebden Bridge is as ripe with hiking possibilities as it is with chain-free shops and vegan pasties. Low-level routes from the centre lead along the River Calder, Rochdale canal and Hebden Beck (follow the latter to the fairytale woods of Hardcastle Crags). But there are also bracing yomps up on to the tops – parts of the Pennine Way (which passes nearby) can be used to reach panoramic Stoodley Pike or to hike though Brontë Country to Haworth. (Sarah Baxter)
Being a writer in the Daily Excelsior:
Strange as it may seem, there are writers who show more interest in getting their creative works across to the world rather than making their name. The British author, Emily Brontë (1818-1848), famed author of Wuthering Heights, is known to have published a joint collection of poems with her two sisters in 1845. The slim volume came out as a flop. The sisters had to shell out 50 pounds for it (comparable to about 2,300 pounds or over Rs.2.35 lakh in today’s spending power). They preferred to use pseudonyms for the authorship and not their real names. Worse, just 2 copies were sold of the book. 
Overcoming literary gender prejudices in The Sunday Times:
Why do so many men I know — peace-loving baby boomers — bow before these nerdy tales of imperialist derring-do? Boyhood nostalgia? Something to do with growing up in the shadow of the Second World War? “Men’s conversation is about showing off what they know, so it does appeal to that side,” says William, my old English teacher, who nurtured my love for EM Forster and Charlotte Brontë but turns out to be an avid fan of CS Forester’s Hornblower series. When he told me, it was a bit like discovering Neil Young is into model trains. Still, I’m intrigued. Forester, he says, simply writes “cracking good yarns. They’ve become familiar friends. It’s strange really, given I used to be a member of CND, but they’re up there with Lucky Jim for books I read when I’m downcast.” (Johanna Thomas-Corr)
Kaleva (Finland) recommends To Walk Invisible:
Sally Wainwrightin draaman päähenkilöitä ovat Charlotte, Anne ja Emily Brontë. Yorkishirelaisiin papin tyttäriin keskittyi runsain mitoin paitsi kirjallista lahjakkuutta, myös itsenäisyyden halua. Kirjailijan ura oli säätyläisnaisille harvoja mahdollisuuksia tulla toimeen ilman miespuolista elättäjää. Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy ja Chloe Pirrie tuovat historian hahmot lähelle. (Britannia 2016) (Pekka Eronen) (Translation)
Onedia (Turkey) list period films:
Jane Eyre 2011
Jane Eyre, 10 yaşındayken öksüz kalmış ve mutsuz bir çocukluk dönemi geçirmiştir. Babasının öldüğünü zanneden Jane, kendisine adeta bir köle gibi davranan halası tarafından oldukça katı disiplinli bir yatılı okula gönderilir. On yıl boyunca bütün hayatının geçtiği bu yatılı okuldan mezun olduktan sonra kendisi de aynı çatı altında öğretmen olarak çalışmaya başlar. Bir süre sonra da Edward Rochester’ın malikânesinde çocuklara mürebbiyelik yapmaya başlar.
Burada Bay Rochester’la karşılaşan Jane Eyre, gitgide büyüyen bir dostluğun ardından ona âşık olduğunu fark eder. Nihayet aradığı mutluluğu bulduğunu sanan Jane Eyre'in sevinmesi için henüz çok erkendir. Sonsuza dek süreceğini düşündüğü bu mutluluk Bay Rochester'ın korkunç sırrıyla yerle bir mi olacaktır?
Erkek egemen bir toplumda kadının tek başına ayakta kalabileceğini kanıtlamak için savaşan Jane Eyre'nin macerası, Charlotte Bronte'nin feminist edebiyatın en önemli klasiklerinden biri sayılan aynı isimli eserinden bu sefer Moira Buffini tarafından uyarlandı. Yönetmen koltuğunda kısa filmleriyle bilinen Cary Fukunaga otururken, başroldeki Jane Eyre'i ise yakın zamanda İki Kadın Bir Erkek, Restless gibi yapımlardaki başarılı performansıyla seyrettiğimiz Mia Wasikowska canlandırıyor. (Ebru Erdoğan) (Translation)
Lire Magazine (France) lists several writers' homes, including the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 

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The Paula Rego Jane Eyre paintings can be seen in this new exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium:
Museum De Reede
Antwerp, Belgium
July 30 - October 25, 2021

The English-Portuguese artist Paula Rego (Lisbon 1935) is one of the leading figurative artists of today. Her narrative and provocative work – often inspired by literature, fairy tales and religion – unequivocally dissects themes such as the family, sexuality and hypocrisy.

Her graphic oeuvre, both in composition and technical execution, is strongly influenced by the visual language of Francisco Goya, but also by the humorous prints of William Hogarth. In this exhibition the emphasis is placed on her narrative etchings and (coloured) lithographs from series such as the ' Nursery Rhymes ', ' Peter Pan ', ' Jane Eyre ' etc.

In addition, extensive attention is paid to the ' Abortion series '. A unique series of etchings that partly influenced the abortion debate in Portugal and beautifully illustrates the socially critical aspect of Rego's oeuvre. Finally, hand-coloured etchings and a large pastel are exhibited to indicate the unity in her artistic oeuvre.

With a career spanning more than fifty years, with a museum dedicated to her in Portugal (Casa Das Historias – Paula Rego) and a retrospective exhibition planned in 2021 in Tate Britain (London), she is one of the world's best artistic artists.

Further information in Expresso

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Attitude marks Kate Bush's greatest hits:
Wuthering Heights (1978)
You couldn’t have a list like this without Kate’s iconic debut single.
Released at the dawn of 1978, in an era where punk and disco ruled the airwaves, Kate arrived, at 19, with this eccentric and entirely unique slice of proggy neo-classical art pop that, no exaggeration, changed the course of pop music.
Fun fact: Kate shares a birthday with Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë, so turns 63 on the 203rd anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth. (Matthew Barton)
National Geographic UK interviews Katharine Norbury, editor of the recently published anthology Women on Nature
Simon Ingram: What do you hope the next generation of women on nature will be writing about? 
K.N.: (...) If you really want the best ideas for creating a sustainable future then give writers a free reign and see what they come up with. But don’t dismiss Emily Bronte’s love of starlight as a person-centred irrelevance because she doesn’t know the Latin names for things. Like all activists, I hope that one day my cause will disappear. 
Gazette & Herald recommends Caroline Taggart's The Book Lover's Bucket List:
She begins her tour in London, at Westminster Abbey – asking ‘what better place to start a literary voyage?’ She explains that many of Britain’s most famous writers have a connection to it; illustrious names such as Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales and poet Edmund Spenser are buried there, alongside lexicographer Samuel Johnson and novelist Charles Dickens. Others are memorialised in the abbey, including Jane Austen, William Blake and the Bronte sisters – and many more. (Karen Darley)
Lifehacker lists some film sequels that are better than expected. Talking about The Curse of the Cat People
Val Lewton was a producer who, in a sense, made a bargain unheard of in the history of Hollywood ego, trading prestige for freedom. He took a job as head of the horror department at RKO, and was given only three restrictions: The movies had to be cheap, relatively short, and the studio would provide titles (so, for example, we have a revisionist take on Jane Eyre and scathing critique of colonialism titled...I Walked with a Zombie). Other than that, he had free rein. The apex of this period was 1942’s Cat People, a stylish psychosexual noir directed by Jacques Tourneur that was much more about repressed trauma and existential dread than monsters…but there were enough horror movie trappings to make it a hit. (Ross Johnson)
Bookriot lists 'the best compliments in books'. One of the selections comes from Jane Eyre:
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” (Selected by Alison Doherty)
The Times recommends Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain by Pen Vogler:
Alongside these fascinating tales, Janice Turner wrote in her review, Pen Vogler “serves a buffet of obscure facts from historic cookery books, along with keen culinary readings of Austen, Dickens and the Brontës”. Tuck in. 
We agree with Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), to revisit Wuthering Heights is always an appealing idea:
A primeira leitura de “O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes” foi há pouco mais de 50 anos. O romance de Emily Brontë, publicado pela Coleção Saraiva, provocou estupor. Mais pela sua esquisitice do que pelo encanto.
Ele se passa entre o século 18 e o 19 e tem um enredo febril. Exaltados e desagradáveis, os personagens se engalfinham num arranca-rabo perpétuo. Sua gritaria ecoa num ambiente ficcional sórdido e incompreensível. Ao menos para um pacato adolescente paulistano. (...) (Mario Sergio Conti) (Translation)
Finally, check the highlights from The Brontë Blue Plaque Unveiling & Book Launch that took place yesterday in Thornton:

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Tomorrow, August 1, the final series of events of this year's Brontë Festival of Women's Writing:

9 - 10am
Tickets: Free (Booking needed)
This event will take place via Zoom Meeting.

Bring a morning brew and whatever creative project you’re working on, be that a poem you’ve been editing, a painting you’ve been working on or your knitting, and join other creatives around the world. You will be offered a series of pre-recorded prompts by writers involved in the festival to get your creative ideas moving and you’ll be able to chat to other festival-goers and take forward your creative project in the company of others.

 10 - 11am
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Join award-winning book marketer and publishing consultant Sam Missingham as she offers practical tips and ideas. Irrespective of which publishing route authors follow, more and more is expected of them and Sam will highlight the key areas where authors can empower themselves.

11:30 - 12:30
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Arifa Akbar’s Consumed, a Sister’s Story has been described as ‘one of this year’s must-read memoirs’. When Arifa discovered that her sister had fallen seriously ill, she assumed there would be a brief spell in hospital and then she'd be home. This was not to be. It was not until the day before she died that the family discovered she was suffering from tuberculosis. 

13:00 - 14:00
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Chosen as a Guardian literary highlight of 2021, Anita Sethi’s I Belong Here was written after she became the victim of a race hate crime while travelling through Northern England. After the event Anita experienced panic attacks and anxiety. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces, to breathe deeply in the great outdoors. She was intent on not letting her experience stop her travelling freely and without fear. 
The Pennines called to Anita with a magnetic force; although a racist had told her to leave, she felt drawn to further explore the area she regards as her home, to immerse herself deeply in place. Anita’s journey through the natural landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that this is her land too and she belongs in the UK as a brown woman, as much as a white man does. 
Hear Anita talk with writer Helen Mort about a journey that gave her the perspective to reflect upon the important issues encompassed in her experience of abuse including speaking out, gaslighting, trauma, kindness, and notions of strength. Her journey transforms what began as an ugly experience of hate into one offering hope and finding beauty after brutality. 

Friday, July 30, 2021

The Yorkshire Post celebrates the Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing:
The festival marks their legacy and the sisters’ influence today, and also aims to highlight some contemporary challenges. 
Rebecca Yorke, interim director of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, said: “This is shining a light on what the Brontës did, and how they continue to influence, but also giving women a chance to shine.
“Women still face some of the problems that the Brontës did all those years ago; they still take longer to get published and to get the recognition their male counterparts do.
“It links us right back to the Brontës, and shows us they are as relevant today.” (...)
With a theme of Speaking Out, it honours ‘quiet sister’ Anne, known for works such as Agnes Grey, as well as for speaking “difficult truths rather than socially acceptable falsehoods”.
Ms Yorke said: “What we’ve learned is there is a global audience and appreciation for the Brontës, and for literature and for sharing books and the arts. The Brontës couldn’t have imagined that.
“To think that so many years later here we are, linking people across the world, to talk about their legacy and to shine a light on people today, is really special and poignant.
“Our mission is bringing the Brontës to the world, and the world to Yorkshire So reaching so many people is really important.” (Ruby Kitchen)
More on the Brontë Bitch clothing line in The Telegraph & Argus:
Rosalia is keen that the Brontë Bitch name shouldn’t be misconstrued.
“The brand identity is by no means meant in a derogatory way – nor is it ‘name calling’ of the illustrious Brontë sisters and their followers,” she says.
“I’ve been a fan of the Brontës from an early age – when I lived close by in Ingrow.
“My friends and I used to spend time on the cobbled streets, in the shops and on the moors.
“In 1999 I moved to London for a career in fashion and music public relations and never thought I would return – but since 2014 I’ve been resettled in Brontë Country.
“This place is rich in history, surrounded by the beautiful rolling countryside and the Brontë moors – it’s one of my favourite places in the world.”
The Brontë Bitch logo was created by Utley-based independent graphic designer, Anna Cleary.
“A provocative name requires a provocative logo,” she said. “And I needed to soften the word ‘bitch’ somehow, hence the kisses. It’s brave and it’s sassy and I am a big fan of putting the cat amongst the pigeons!”
The first in a series of designs features the quote, “your will shall decide your destiny”, from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
The frame was inspired by the letter ‘o’ taken from Brontë, and the purple-coloured word 'bitch’ by the heather of the moors.
A second design will draw its inspiration from Emily Brontë and Top Withens and her love of animals, whilst a third will be based on brother Branwell. (Allistair Shand)
The legacy of Jane Eyre in Bookriot:
One of the most impactful literature classes I took in college was a simple, 100-level class: “British Literature: 1850–Present.” Anglophile book nerds have all probably taken this class, along with its less popular sibling, “British Literature: 1000–1850.” (...)
But the professor, a newly-minted PhD in her first official position, had other ideas than the usual Dickens to Wilde and on through the drawing room dramas of British literature.
Instead, she decided to teach us a visceral lesson on the legacy of Jane Eyre by choosing works that are based — directly or loosely — on Brontë’s seminal tale. We spent the entire semester looping book after book back to Jane, to the madwoman in the attic and physical manifestations of inner turmoil, to disapproving aunts and dead best friends. (...)
To borrow a phrase: Reader, it blew my mind.
What is it about Miss Eyre that keeps us coming back to her story? Personally, I will never pass up a strong female character, and Jane’s particular brand of iron-clad will is immensely satisfying. Everyone underestimates her at every turn, and yet she simply continues forward, doing what she believes is right and necessary. She believes in herself, wholly and without reservation. (Tika Viteri)
Khaleej Times has a few doubts about Jane's decisions: 
The women in these classics were impossibly romanticised. Jane Eyre was a figure of resilience. But why does she have to return to the man who has kept a monumental secret from her, my mind would wonder. (Anamika Chatterjee)
We empathize with the writer David Peace when he says in The Guardian:
The book I’m ashamed not to have read
I’m constantly aware of how many books I have not read, particularly from other continents and cultures, and of how little time there is to read all that I would wish. However, the shame comes when I then find myself rereading Wuthering Heights, Bleak House, The Quiet American or Tinker Tailor for the umpteenth time. And knowing it won’t be the last time, either.
 A mystery lady in an old photo in The Craven Herald & Pioneer:
It is most probable that she was Margaret Cooper, widow of Reverend Henry Cooper of Embsay. Margaret was the niece of Christopher Sidgwick, the mill owner who originally constructed the building as a school for his "half-timers" (children who spent half their time in school and half at the factory). (...)
Her father was John Benson Sidgwick, of Stone Gappe Hall, Lothersdale (where novelist Charlotte Brontë was briefly a governess for the Sidgwick children), but the family had in 1847 moved to Embsay Kirk when Margaret was in her early teens. They later lived at West Riddlesden Hall, before Margaret returned to Embsay as the vicar's wife. John is said to have been the model for Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë's novel, "Jane Eyre". (Jane LunnonViv Mason)
Screenrant has a list of best (really?) musicals based on literary sources:
Heathcliff, written by and starring Cliff Richard, is an adaptation of the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Heathcliff's personal story is expanded upon, though much of the dialogue is from the novel. Richard released a studio album of the music, featuring Olivia Newton-John as part of a duet.
The musical played at several locations around London. It was popular with fans, but not critics. The last showing was in May 1997, and an original cast recording was released in late 1996. (Noemi Arellano-Summer)
Forty years ago, on August 1st, 1981, MTV was born. And Stereogum lists each clip from that very first day. Including:
Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"
In Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (a book I have not read), Catherine Earnshaw is abandoned by her love, Heathcliff, and dies while giving birth to another man’s child. Kate Bush also hadn’t read the book, when, at age 18, she saw the movie on the telly and immediately went to work composing what would become her debut single. When it was released in March 1978, the song shot up to number 1, making Bush the first woman to top the UK charts with a self-penned song. Another accolade: Bush may have been the first and only woman to star solo in an MTV video on its maiden day. In this “Wuthering Heights” video — there are two versions — Bush is wearing a white dress. This is the first version made for British audiences. The second, more well-known version made for US audiences has Bush in a red dress. Both feature Bush’s limber swaying, her choreography somewhere between drunk ballet and interpretive dancing. The “white dress” version trades the wily windy moors for an indoor set replete with fog and bad special effects. Bush’s intent was to look like a ghost and this one is definitely more haunting than the other. However, if the TikTok teens are gonna bring back the dance, they’ll pilfer the moves from the “red dress” video. In hindsight, it’s the better of the two. But “white dress” is still arresting. Bush, who delayed the release of the “Wuthering Heights single because she didn’t like the cover art EMI chose, is as dedicated to her aesthetic as her sound. (Alex Wexelman)
 Caitlin Moran mentions this video clip in The Times:
Although I don’t underestimate the impact of any art form, “changed my life” is a big ask for a pop video. I mean, Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights definitely changed the way I thought about my nightie. At the age of four I realised it could be used as daywear, while spinning round and round and screeching what I thought, at the time, was the name of Kate’s great love: “Healthcliff.”.
Far Out Magazine revisits the films of David Niven:
Wuthering Heights (William Wyler, 1939)
Three years later, in 1939, David Niven continued his dogged persistence to reach the industry heights, working through Samuel Goldwyn to appear in multiple minor roles including John Ford’s Four Men and a Prayer, before finding success with Wuthering Heights.
William Wyler’s moody adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel starred David Niven, not as Cathy or Heathcliff, but instead the feeble Edgar, to which Niven wasn’t best pleased. Putting him through 40 takes of his first scene in the film, Niven’s time on Wuthering Heights would prove to be extremely valuable, learning considerably from director William Wyler.  Eventually, the film would prove a massive success. (Calum Russell)
Femina (France) visits the 'austere parsonage of the Brontë sisters':
Il faut se rappeler la dureté de la vie au début du XIXe siècle pour comprendre la portée de l’œuvre des sœurs Brontë… et l’importance de leur foyer. Charlotte, Emily et Anne ont vécu à peu près à la même époque que Dickens, histoire de poser le décor. Le Royaume-Uni compte alors un peu plus de 10 millions d’habitants (contre 68 aujourd’hui), et si la démographie est en forte hausse, la mortalité y est très élevée. Père de six enfants, le révérend Patrick Brontë voit sa femme emportée par un cancer alors que sa cadette n’a même pas 2 ans. Puis c’est la tuberculose qui lui enlève ses deux filles aînées, en 1825. Dans ce contexte tragique, la maison familiale de Haworth, petit village du Yorkshire, représente un havre de paix et un refuge pour la fratrie survivante, à l’imagination débordante. (Valérie Fournier) (Translation)
Both Charlotte and Emily are part of this list of 'immersive romance novels' as published in Onedio (Turkey): 
Emily Bronte – Uğultulu Tepeler
Bronte kardeşler, kadının edebiyatla uğraşmasının hoş görülmediği bu yıllarda, önce erkek kimliğiyle şiirler yazmış sonra kendi adlarıyla, klasikler arasında yer alacak üç önemli romana imza atmışlar. Emily Bronte 1848'de öldüğünde dünya edebiyatının en güzel yapıtlarından birini, ilk ve tek romanı Uğultulu Tepeler'i ardında bırakmış. Bu Victoria Dönemi romanı, kimine göre dünyanın gelmiş geçmiş en büyük aşk romanı, kimine göre her okunuşunda değişik tatlar veren çağlar ötesi bir eser. Sevgi, kin, nefret, intikam, tutku gibi güçlü duygularla örülü bu gençlik öyküsü, aynı zamanda marazi bir aşkın hikayesi. (...)
Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
Bronte Kardeşlerden Charlotte Bronte’nin Jane Eyre kitabı klasik baş yapıt aşk kitapları arasında yer alıyor. Victoria Dönemi'nde geçen Jane Eyre, birçoklarınca kadın hak ve özgürlüklerine sahip çıkan ilk romanlardan biri olarak kabul edilir. Zorlu bir yaşam süren yapayalnız bir genç kadının güçlü bir kadına dönüşmesinin öyküsüdür. Jane Eyre, erkek egemen toplumdaki konumuna gözü pek yaklaşımı ve şiirsel, duygusal bir gerçekçilikle harmanlayan öncü olmayı başarmış bir eser. (Ekin Avci Iltir) (Translation)

Red 17 (in Spanish) only includes Jane Eyre, though. 

Cinemagavia (in Spanish) reviews the film How to Build a Girl:
En esencia, el alter ego de Caitlin Moran es una adolescente de los años noventa, con todo lo que ello conlleva. Entre sus ídolos están las hermanas Brontë (excepto Anne), Jo March y Sigmund Freud. (Ana Pastor) (Translation)
Il Corriere Della Sera (Italy) publishes the obituary of the writer and publisher Roberto Calasso:
Alla biblioteca del nonno, il bambino Roberto attingeva per avvicinarsi alla letteratura: la prima rivelazione gli venne da un’edizione economica di Cime tempestose, grazie alla quale capì che la lettura poteva sostituirsi al gioco. (Paolo DiStefano) (Translation)

We read in Friuli Sera (Italy) that in tonight's edition of the Percoto Canta singing contest, a participant will sing Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. Most appropriate. 

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Born this day in 1818, Emily would become the so-called Sphinx of English Literature. Despite - or because of - her silence about herself she may be the Brontë sibling to have changed more with the times and has been used to champion practically every cause. They even tried to get her own novel away from her!

We know precious little about Emily and that little usually has a mysterious air about it. Surely Emily was not conventional and not easily understood. Wuthering Heights proves that. When it comes to looking at Emily we not only study her from what we know about her but also by what we don't know: her Gondal prose written for many years - well into adulthood - along with Anne, her mysterious second novel, her imagination, her rambles on the moors, the reasons behind Wuthering Heights...

We humbly suggest that to celebrate her birthday you not only read her novel - or fragments of it - but also her poems, which are less well-known but in a way help us understand the mind that gave birth to such a powerful novel as Wuthering Heights and are a delight to read.

(Originally published in 2006)

EDIT: Libreriamo (Italy) posts about why should read Wuthering Heights:
Ricordiamo oggi l’anniversario della scrittrice inglese Emily Brontë, autrice di “Cime tempestose”. Emily era la più celebre delle tre sorelle Brontë, tutte con la passione per la scrittura. Emily  nacque a Thornton il 30 luglio del 1818 e morì a Haworth il 19 dicembre 1848. “Cime tempestose”, seppur poco apprezzato dalla critica del tempo perché andava contro i criteri letterari dell’epoca, divenne un indimenticabile capolavoro della letteratura classica. (Alice Turiami) (Translation)

More tributes on Actualno (Russia), cba24n (Argentina), Calgary Herald (Canada), Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac,

Helen is a new opera based on Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which is premiered today, July 30, in Quincy, IL:
Muddy River Opera presents
Music by Garrett Hope. 
Libretto by Steven Soebbing

Friday, July 30th at 7:00PM
Sunday, August 1st at 2:00PM
John Wood Community College - Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium
1301 South 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305

Cast members include Muddy River Opera Company favorites, Lisa Blake, Penelope Shumate, and Steven Soebbing with first time MROC performer Rahim Mandal from Chicago completing the cast.  David Galant returns as Conductor of a talented orchestra of area musicians. Stage direction is by Valerie Hernandez with Randy Wolfmeyer as Stage Manager, Garris Brown as Technical Director and Lana Anderson serving as rehearsal pianist. (Muddy River News)
Further information and pictures in The Herald Whig.
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These are the events for the third day (July 31) of the Brontë Festival of Women's Writing:

1 - 2pm
Lip Service in Conversation

Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Coined the “The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” by The Independent, LipService make original comedy shows from a distinctly female perspective and we have them here in conversation with Jo Fletcher-Cross to tell us about how this award-winning comedy duo came together.

2.30 - 3.30pm
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions), £2 for 16-25s
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).
In a very special event, the festival is joined by best-selling author of the epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna, in conversation with writer Natasha Bowen. While growing up in Sierra Leone, Namina was told magical stories about the folklore of Africa but when she moved to the US, she found this magic disappeared and the Black characters that she read about were often written as outdated stereotypes. So she decided to create her own characters and now Namina loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads. 

2.30 - 4.30pm
This event will take place in an outdoor setting at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Join Clare Shaw for an outdoor poetry workshop in the historic graveyard of St Michael's and All Angels. Adjacent to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth churchyard has been in use for over 700 years and is the last resting place of over 40,000 souls - including Charlotte, Emily and Branwell, who are buried beneath the church. The Brontes lived in a tough landscape, and these are tough times. We'll draw on the sisters' poetry
 and prose to show how beauty and solace can be found in even the harshest of landscapes, and we'll find inspiration there for our own writing.
Suitable for new and experienced writers alike.

16:15 - 17:15
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions), £2 for 16-25s
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).
Three of the most exciting Young Adult writers come together from different locations around the world to share their writing lives with the festival. Namina Forna, Holly Bourne and Lucy Powrie talk about creating strong female leads, connecting with young audiences and what’s next for them and their writing.

 7 - 8.15pm
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

In 2018, Samira Ahmed visited the Brontë Parsonage Museum library and spent the afternoon viewing letters, belongings and relics belonging to Anne Brontë, developing an interest in Anne's life and work that had started during her time as an undergraduate. Now, in this special event, Samira will revisit these iconic and poignant collection items with Audience Development Officer Lauren Livesey, discussing how these artefacts help us to shape and develop our understanding of Anne's spirit and fortitude. The conversation will bring to the fore the items and issues that preoccupied Anne in the 1830s, and which continue in many cases to have multiple resonances with contemporary audiences.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

JSTOR Daily speculates wildly (and nicely) on Emily Brontë's second novel:
One can only imagine what was going through Charlotte Brontë’s mind the day she knelt by the blazing fireplace in Haworth Parsonage, her family home, with her dead sister Emily’s unfinished manuscript clutched in her hands. Did she look at that purposefully tiny, yet passionately scribbled handwriting, and feel the tears rush to her eyes? Did it remind her of the countless afternoons she and her three siblings, all now “gone like dreams,” spent penning stories about their childhood imaginary worlds? Were the papers stamped with flour fingerprints from Emily’s never idle hands, the product of the writer-housekeeper busily moving back and forth from the writing desk to the kitchen, to the writing desk again?
Whatever Charlotte Brontë was thinking, whatever was present on those pages, they went the way of Rochester’s family home: up in flames. (...)
For my part, I remain convinced that Charlotte destroyed the second manuscript not to spite Emily, but to protect her, even at the cost of literary history. We Brontë fanatics are left only to speculate on what the book was about, but at least we can feel gratitude for the existence of Wuthering Heights, arguably the leading masterpiece of the nineteenth century, and at least a wonderfully complete novel. (Emily Zarevich)

Keighley News talks about a new merchandise range inspired by the Brontës:

A Haworth woman has launched a capsule merchandise range inspired by the Bronte sisters.
Brontë Bitch features illustrations on vibrantly-coloured tote bags and T-shirts.
Behind the venture is Rosalia Ferrara, who came-up with the idea during lockdown.
“It came to me out of frustration really during the pandemic last year – from not being able to source a cool Brontë sisters T-shirt for myself to wear,” she said. “And trust me, I tried – after all we did have a lot of time on our hands! (...)
Rosalia is keen that the Brontë Bitch name shouldn’t be misconstrued.
“The brand identity is by no means meant in a derogatory way – nor is it ‘name calling’ of the illustrious Brontë sisters and their followers,” she says.
“I’ve been a fan of the Brontës from an early age – when I lived close by in Ingrow. (...)
Brontë Bitch will be among independent creatives showcasing their work at a pop-up event in the Old School Room – in Church Street, Haworth – on Saturday and Sunday August 7 and 8, from 10am to 4pm. (Alistair Shand)
BookRiot lists Jane Eyre retellings: 
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics, even though at times it is silly (all the wiggling eyebrows) or problematic (Rochester is super predatory and I hate him). But still, I cannot get enough of Jane Eyre retellings, and when I see a book billed as one, I hit that “buy” button so fast that Rochester has barely had time to stick me in the attic before getting a new governess. (...)
If you’re as obsessed with the eyebrows as me, you’ll want to add these Jane Eyre retellings or Jane Eyre–inspired books to your TBR stat. Not all of these are totally true to the original, so expect some surprises, even if you think you know the story already. (Cassie Gutman)
Eastern Eye interviews the author Aliya Ali-Afzal who chooses her favourite books:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: One of my favourite novels and one I dip into whenever I need comfort or inspiration. The story about an orphaned young girl growing up in 19th century England and her path to becoming an independent, empowered woman was ground-breaking at the time. I love how the book is a page-turner, a romance, and a gothic horror tale all rolled into one. (Priya Mulji)
Gulf News and parenting advice. Creative playing is always good:
A famously interesting example of such imaginative play is the literary Brontë siblings’ construction of a fantasy worlds called the Glass Town and Angria around their new toy soldiers, writing dozens of books of prose and poetry together. The four siblings were aged between six and ten when they started, with Charlotte being the eldest, and wrote these for many years following, going on to become famed writers. (Sraddha Sabu)
Vents Magazine talks about the new video clip by Eleanor K:
Eleanor K will further explore the song’s theme when its official video is released next Wednesday. She stars alongside actor Jack Fox (‘Sanditon’, ‘Rivera’) as a mysterious figure in an enigmatic romance, its desolate photography hinting at the gothic, Yorkshire Moors atmosphere of ‘Wuthering Heights’. The story mimics the relationship that the couple have in real life. The video was directed by the fashion photographer and filmmaker Rhys Frampton. (RJ Frometa) ( in Spanish) is listing the best songs by Kate Bush:
Wuthering Heights
La canción fue inspirada en gran medida por la adaptación de 1967 de Wuthering Heights, la novela de Emily Brontë, hecha por la BBC: mientras Londres estaba en su climax punk, Kate Bush creaba esta pista que se convertiría en su primer single y definitivamente en uno de los más icónicos de su carrera. Fue publicado el 20 de enero de 1978, alcanzando el número uno en las listas del Reino Unido, en donde permaneció durante cuatro semanas. Además, ¿Cómo olvidar el video del tema? Su empleo de la danza, la mímica y la teatralidad comenzó a anunciar una nueva era para la música pop.(Mirangie Alayon) (Translation)
Unforgettable male literary characters in SoloLibri (Italy):
Un altro grande indimenticabile è Heathcliff di Emily Brontë. L’eroe romantico e maledetto di Cime tempestose non ha eguali: crudele, misterioso, violento e senza pietà, un animale in caccia. Anima tormentata che calpesta tutto e tutti pur di ottenere ciò che desidera, mette in ginocchio ben due famiglie in un gioco micidiale di vendette concatenate. Il male fatto persona. Spesso travisato come uomo passionale che farebbe di tutto per amore, Heathcliff è davvero diabolico. Un personaggio così non si dimentica facilmente. (Serena di Bautista) (Translation)
Being Fictional reviews The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.

This is the list of events for the second day (July 30) of the Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021:

12.30 - 1.30pm
Festival Creativity Session Friday
Tickets: Free (Booking needed)
This event will take place via Zoom Meeting.

Bring a morning brew and whatever creative project you’re working on, be that a poem you’ve been editing, a painting you’ve been working on or your knitting, and join other creatives around the world. You will be offered a series of pre-recorded prompts by writers involved in the festival to get your creative ideas moving and you’ll be able to chat to other festival-goers and take forward your creative project in the company of others.

2 - 3pm
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. 

Draw along with Isabel Greenberg as you create a fantasy world of your own inspired by the Brontë’s children's imaginary kingdoms. All you need is a pen and a sheet of paper. Isabel is the writer and illustrator behind Glass Town, a graphic novel that dives into the Brontë’s earliest stories, as well as The One Hundred Nights of Hero and The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth.

2.15 - 3.30pm
Tickets: £5
This workshop is for 13 - 16 year olds and will take place via Zoom. Full details of how to join will be sent to you once you have booked your place.
Join award-winning YA and children’s author Liz Flanagan in this creative writing workshop for 13-16 year olds. Liz is the author of Eden Summer which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her novel Dragon Daughter won the 2019 Leeds Book Award and the Calderdale Book of the Year and its sequel, Rise of the Shadow Dragons, was published in May 2020. 
Follow in the footsteps of the Brontës as you begin to imagine fantasy worlds peopled with memorable characters. Liz will lead participants through a series of informal prompts to generate ideas, create believable, memorable characters and you’ll be invited to begin a new story idea of your own. She will help you to kickstart your story, to shape and structure it and to make it fizz with life.

4 - 5pm
The Brontës and Creativity, with Layla Khoo & Isabel Greenberg
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Join artists Layla Khoo and Isabel Greenberg in conversation about how the Brontës have inspired their work and why the family continues to be a focus for creativity. Both artists are currently exhibited at the Brontë Parsonage Museum have used the Brontës as a source for their work.
Layla and Isabel will be in conversation with Yvette Huddleston, an author and journalist specialising in the arts. She has written extensively on film, theatre, literature and visual art for a wide range of national and regional publications.

6 - 7pm
Tickets: £15
This event will be managed by Lip Service and will take place on Zoom.
It will last around 50 minutes and only 1 ticket is required per device. This event has integrated BSL, captioning and an Audio Description option.

Brontë Parsonage stalwarts LipService Theatre, present a multimedia haunted house thriller delivered over Zoom.
Château Ghoul is East Yorkshire's go-to boutique hotel offering themed weekends. Our hosts Brian and Brenda Binns or B&B as they are known, introduce a cornucopia of events: Blasted with the Brontes, a guide to the Yorkshire Moors; their supernatural sensation - Psychic Attraction, (like Fatal Attraction but without the rabbit), the Tour de Yorkshire Lycra Festival, and the ever popular 1970’s Shanga Langa Waddy Ding Dong experience. Guaranteed fun for all the family, the only trouble is – the guests keep dying... 
The online audience get involved making origami windmills which they twirl in their Zoom windows to conjure up an authentic Bronte wind.

8 - 9.15pm
Irenosen Okojie: Journeys into the Fantastical
Ticket prices: £8 (£6 concessions)
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Join critically acclaimed Nigerian British writer, Irenosen Okojie, as she talks about journeying into fantastical worlds in her writing with writer, publisher and curator Sarah Shin. Bursting with imagery and strange creatures, Irenosen's prose conjures worlds that mix the otherworldly and the mundane in a unique and irresistible manner. In this special event, we relate Irenosen's word building to Gondal, the fictional North Pacific island invented by 12-year old Emily Brontë and her younger sister Anne in 1831. Gondal’s landscape is similar to Emily’s native Yorkshire moors, but also reminiscent of the Scottish highland setting of the works of her favourite author Sir Walter Scott.
How does a writer create a world that will entice, enchant and even frighten their reader - how do they move away from the limits of the present day environment in which they find themselves and create magical and phantasmagorical universes?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Some of the 'most stylish' Financial Times collaborators select their favourite books/playlists/podcasts:
Bay Garnett, stylist 
I didn’t even know Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall existed until a friend recommended it, knowing that Jane Eyre is my favourite novel. It was a total treat to go back into that gothic world that the sisters created.
Burnley Express recommends a staycation in Burnley:
Hurstwood Hall Guest House is another Burnley gem, located in the stunning hamlet of Hurstwood.
The guest house dates back to 1579 and is Grade II-listed, making it an impressive place to stay. As a side, it’s also featured on Four in a Bed and the BBC production of Anna Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. (Rachel Bayley)

CumbriaCrack also recommends The Ambleside Literary Walking Tour:

The Ambleside Literary Walking Tour details the town’s long history of literary associations through a half-day walk, accompanied by words from the many celebrated poets and novelists who visited or lived in the town, including the Wordsworths, John Keats, Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens

Vogue (Australia) on books to read before you turn 30. No Brontës per se, but some indirect mentions:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“Devouring a few of the classics (Austen, Brontë, Fitzgerald) is practically a prerequisite before you turn 30. (Jessica Montague) (...)
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (...) “Her thesis? That all women need is an income, and a room to themselves. Give them independence, give them power, and they can enjoy the greatest privilege of all, from which they were barred for centuries—to create. Throughout, Woolf pays homage to her predecessors (Austen, the Brontës), and ultimately, will inspire you to pick up your own pen, and assert authority over your narrative.
The Young Folks and soft boys in literature:
For literally centuries, we have worshipped the tall, dark, brooding men as our romantic heroes. Look at Mr. Darcy or Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights as examples. They spend most of the book moping around, staring dramatically into the distance and waiting for the heroine to love them. (Abby Petree)
L'Espresso (Italy) and how literature has to deal with horror:
A sostenere la tesi, pure un filosofo suo connazionale come Georges Bataille che ne ha ricavato un saggio, “La letteratura e il male”, in cui analizza le opere di Emily Brontë, Charles Baudelaire, Jules Michelet, William Blake, Sade, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Jean Genet per considerare che la scrittura è legata in modo inseparabile al male e al senso di colpa. Ovvio: «Gli essere umani non sono angeli». (Gigi Riva) (Translation)
MangiaLibri (Italy) reviews Girl with Dove by Sally Bayley:
Sally sovrappone con naturalezza il corso delle sue vicende con quelle di Mrs. Marple, David Copperfield e Jane Eyre, scopre la fragilità della sua visione delle cose, cerca di fuggire dal dolore estraniandosi, ma alla fine scopre anche che questa passione per le storie libresche sconfina nella patologia e anziché avvicinarla al mondo in carne ed ossa, fatto di forti emozioni che sanno anche essere terribili, l’allontana. (Massimiliano De Conca) (Translation)

The Bora Booktique reviews Jane Eyre

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Tomorrow, July 29, is the opening of the 10th Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021 (July 29- August 1).

Hollie McNish: Slug...and other things I’ve been told to hate
Thursday 29 July, 8 - 9.15pm
This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

Join Ted Hughes Award winner, poet Hollie McNish, as she speaks to playwright and Brontë biographer Samantha Ellis and reads from her much anticipated new collection: Slug...and other things I've been told to hate. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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New Humanist vindicates the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browing and mentions how in 1973 The Oxford Anthology of English Literature's editorial team:
excluded her work from their anthology, along with that of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf, and all the Brontë novels. In total, less than 0.5 per cent of the volume was devoted to writing by women. (The same vanishingly small percentage, I notice, that in beer counts as alcohol-free.) (Fiona Sampson)
Southern Rhode Island Newspaper talks about a recent local fair:
What’s always fun for me is to watch a kind of evolution at play here: farming used to be a mostly male business, with women playing an important but completely different role geared towards support and sustenance—a role celebrated at the arts and crafts exhibits. Now, there are farms named for the “Grumpy Girls” and the “Four Daughters,” and a young woman minding the cows was reading Jane Eyre instead of Farm Journal. While the best-of-show apple pie was baked by a woman, she had male competition, and that was equally the case among the traditionally female categories, from quilting to fabric arts. (Bruce Fellman)
Sportsbeat talks about the British triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown's performance at the Olympic Games:
Yorkshire’s unpredictable blusters could not be further from Tokyo’s sticky humidity - there is a reason Emily Brontë did not set Wuthering Heights in Harajuku - so Taylor-Brown got creative. (Rachel Steinberg)
Business InsiderEl Territorio (Argentina), Ideal (Spain) and Žena (Croatia) recommend Jane Eyre:
Jane is an orphaned young woman who, after finishing school, is offered a governess position at Thornfield Hall, where she meets and begins to fall in love with the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester. When the two decide to get married, secrets from Mr. Rochester's past are quickly revealed and Jane risks heartbreak once again. This novel is gothic and romantic, but readers still love this vivid 1846 (sic) classic today for Jane's strong, intelligent, and independent character. (Katherine Fiorillo)
Pasada ya su complicada infancia de huérfana, Jane Eyre, logra el puesto de institutriz para educar a la hija de Rochester. Poco a poco, el amor irá tejiendo su red entre ellos, pero la casa y la vida de Rochester guardan un estremecedor y terrible misterio. (Translation)
Con una prosa demorada, preciosista en el detalle y ágil en los momentos esenciales, Charlotte Brontë, una de las dos hermanas de la famosísima Emily (la autora de 'Cumbres borrascosas') desarrolla una historia argumentalmente bien construida que refleja las contradicciones de la sociedad victoriana. No defraudará a las adolescentes que, como aquella quinceañera, inician su andadura de amor por las letras. Tampoco a cualquier lector/a que busquen pasar un rato entretenido rescatando a una escritora que merece mayor protagonismo del que le ha dado la Historia de la Literatura. (Remedios Sánchez) (Translation)
"Jane Eyre" je engleski roman nastao 1847. godine tijekom romantizma. Kad je objavljen, kao autor je naveden Currer Bell, što je bio pseudonim kojim je Charlotte Brontë krila svoj spol. Roman "Jane Eyre" u svoje je vrijeme bio radikalno djelo jer se temelji na pretpostavci da žene imaju složen unutarnji život, baš kao i muškarci, te da nisu samo površna bića koja definira njihova vanjština i ljepota. "Jane Eyre" izvanredna je priča o jednoj od najneovisnijih i najsamosvojnijih junakinja svjetske književnosti. Siromašna i fizički ne suviše atraktivna Jane Eyre započinje život kao usamljeno siroče u kući tetke koja ju mrzi. Kad odraste postaje guvernanta u Thornfield Hallu, gdje zavoli svojeg poslodavca, bajronovski mračnog i strastvenog gospodina Rochestera, koji se ludo zaljubi u Jane zbog njezine jednostavnosti, otvorenosti i intelektualne znatiželje. No razotkrivanje strašne, mučne tajne razdvaja strastveno zaljubljene junake. Jedan od najslavnijih, najutjecajnijih i najpopularnijih romana svjetske književnosti, iznenađujuće je moderan spoj strasti, romantike, tajnovitosti i napetosti. (Translation)
Concertandco (France) review a recent concert by Cécile McLorin Salvant:
Un répertoire hétéroclite qui va de "la route enchantée" de Trenet et plus proche de nous, "Promises, promises" de Burt Bacharach et Dionne Warwick et surtout du méconnaissable (au début) du "Wuthering heights" de Kate Bush. (Sami) (Translation)

Yesterday's mini crossword at the New York Times contained a Brontë question:

Jane of a Brontë novel

 Finally, an alert for today July 27 in  San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna (Italy):
La Biblioteca “G.C. Croce” Sezione Adulti propone “Ritratto di famiglia in brughiera”, coinvolgente incontro con la psicologa e psicoterapeuta Ilaria Datta, che accompagnerà i presenti in un viaggio intimo e appassionante nel cuore di una delle più celebri famiglie letterarie: i Brontë. Fondendo notizie biografiche e brani letterari alle teorie psicologiche junghiane, l’approfondimento si inoltrerà nelle luci e nelle ombre delle personalità di Anne, Branwell, Charlotte e Emily, restituendoci il ritratto di una famiglia eccezionale e normalissima. Informazioni e prenotazioni allo 051.6812961, oppure via mail all’indirizzo (Gianluca Stanzani in Carta Bianca News) (Translation)